What is the national statutory guidance on uniform?
Although there is no legislation that deals specifically with school uniform or other aspects of appearance such as hair colour and style, and the wearing of jewellery and make-up, the Department for Education gives non-statutory guidance in support of school uniform.
The DFE says that "It is for the governing body of a school to decide whether there should be a school uniform and other rules relating to appearance, and if so what they should be. This flows from the duties placed upon the governing body by statute to conduct the school and to ensure that school policies promote good behaviour and discipline amongst the student body. Matters such as permissible length of a students' hair and piercings should be taken into consideration by each school, when deciding its policies on both health and safety, and school uniform (whilst having regard to its obligations to anti-discrimination legislation). "
Discussions about school uniform are delegated to the Academy Council’s Standards Committee. School rules regarding uniform are discussed and agreed on a regular basis with this committee who meet termly. Where new trends occur, requiring the school to clarify their existing rules re uniform, this is also discussed.